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Best Make Ahead Dishes for Brunch

Elevate your brunch spread with this sophisticated whipped smoked-salmon mousse piped onto crisp English cucumber rounds and topped with caviar. It's actually really easy to put together ahead of time, but you do need to source a few top shelf ingredients — fromage blanc (or whipped cream cheese in a pinch) and a jar of caviar or salmon roe — plus a large piping bag with a 1/2-inch star piping tip. That piping tip is crucial for the look. The mousse is made with fromage blanc, red onion, lemon, and capers. You can do all these parts the day before and then simply assemble in the morning.

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